Full Programme

Mental Health & Disability Equality in the Creative Industries Symposium ’23

Tickets for the Symposium are available on Eventbrite, start time 9:30am finish 6pm BST.

09:30 Registration                                                                          Tea and coffee on arrivalHU Foyer
10:00Welcome and Introduction: Professor Katie Normington, Vice Chancellor DMU, with British Academy Innovation Fellow Professor Jason Lee, and Rayna Lountzis Evolution FilmHU 0.08 
10:10–10:45Keynote address: David Proud, actor, writer, director and consultant HU 0.08
11:00-12:45Arts and Disability Panel
Papers 15-20 max.

Disability as a Visual Language – Juanrie Strydom (Solent University)  

Researching gender, popular music, and mental ill-health: the experience and representations of female popular musicians and bipolar disorder – Sarah Sharp (University of East Anglia)  

Advancing Neurodiversity in the Creative Industries: Fostering Inclusion and Leveraging the Unique Talents of Neurodivergent Individuals – Ahmed Alduais (University of Verona) 

Enhancing Health Discourse in The Creative Industry: A Study Of Media Representations Of Child Sexual Abuse In Nigerian Online Media Platforms – Lydia Onuegbu  (De Montfort University)
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13:30-15:15Television and Film Panel 
Papers 15-20 max.

“Celebrate Us”: Disability Pride in the Australian Screen Industry – Dr Radha O’Meara, Anna Debinski  (University of Melbourne)

Liminal Disabled Tweens’ Identification with Disney Animations in Algeria – Selma Aitsaid (Leicester University)  

Observation vs Categorization – a case study of neurodivergence in film – Rhys Davies (De Montfort University)  

Let the mind see: The operation of cinemas for blind in China and blind people’s encounter with film – Yutian Ren (Hongkong Baptist University) 
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15:15-16:15More Than Words: Access to the Arts and Employment through Audio Description  

A panel discussion featuring three guest speakers from The American Council of the Blind: Susan Glass, Dr. Tabitha Kenlon, and Dr. Joel Snyder.   
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16:30-17:30Evolving Pedagogy
Workshop 1 is 40 mins.
Neurodiversity Workshop – Eleanor McSherry (ACE at University College Cork) 

Paper is 15-20 mins. max
AI – Boon or Bust? – Colin Dyter (social activist and researcher)
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Plenary+ questions, Terry Bamber (Assistant Director), partner in this British Academy research.

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Addressing Mental Health & Disability Equality in the Creative Industries

AMH23 forms part of a British Academy Innovation Fellowship project that examines inequality in the UK’s creative sector.

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